Celebrating change: rolling out a new theme

“A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and bear more seed towards the hope of greening the landscape of idea.”

John Ciardi

Website design is a fluid thing. Even when we have firm ideas about what we want and the skills and resources to create it, we rarely have the perfect solution for long. Techniques and styles move on. Our priorities change. Old compromises no longer seem apt: we’ve discovered how smaller or larger things can be done better – or at least, how they can be approached differently. We want to try something new.

In a moment of madness inspiration, I’ve changed my theme over to a relatively new one, Sela. One of the wonders of WordPress is that bloggers can reformat content into new themes in a press of a button: if only all websites were as easy to preview and refresh!

Did I just say ‘easy’? Pressing the button to change themes doesn’t wave a magic wand: it initiates a time of experimenting and reformatting. So far it’s been very straightforward, but I’m going to need a little longer to get some of my older posts as I’d like them.

The changes I’m making are a gradual evolution rather than a complete new look. But if you search around for long, you’re going to find some posts here that are looking decidedly ‘iffy’ – like John Ciardi’s seed planted on a tin lid and most definitely not yet germinated. Please forgive me. I promise I’ll get there!

7 Replies to “Celebrating change: rolling out a new theme”

  1. Like your new theme. Even though I was all settled in to my theme last week, I’ve spent the day looking with interest at several others and I fear that I may take the plunge this week also. There are just so many I would like to try. I have two test sites set up, but it’s just not the same as working with a site that has all your content in place. Because, as you noted, it’s not just as simple as pressing a button.

  2. Thanks Karl – I love the slideshow style headings on your photo blogs. With so many themes to choose from it’s not surprising if we are spoilt for choice! Good luck, whatever you decide!

  3. Thanks Maria. It’s not as scary as you might imagine. I could pretty much see what would need fixing from the preview, then it’s just a case of working through it. I loved my previous theme (Edin) for the blog posts, so it’s a fond farewell, but I think Sela will be more effective for the pages.

  4. This Post really resonates with me right now as I know just enough about blogging now to begin thinking my blog is not working in some areas, does not reflect what I want to do, and what I need is a renovation. But…I also know that while pushing the button for change is easy…well it can get even messier! Thanks for a great post.

    1. Good luck – I didn’t find it too difficult to make the change and I’m glad I did. When I was considering trying a new theme, I found it useful to note down what I liked and didn’t like about my old theme, Edin. It didn’t just help me decide what was important to me, but also motivated me to go for it.

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